It is my intentions to include the role of a percussionist as a base for this narrative. In order to effectively show this, I will need to examine how a percussionist plays the cymbals as part of a live orchestra. I found footage of this from YouTube which is beneficial when looking at movement and also timing. It could also give be helpful in looking for a fitting audio for my project.
URL Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTz_J7rxakg (Accessed 07/06/2018)
After thinking about the main concept of the animation I conducted some research on other popular sports channels which use the textures, forms and shapes of the equipment as the main subject of their title sequences.
I came across a sports ident on YouTube which creatively uses the equipment as a concept for the animation. In the video below the textures of the balls appear to wrap around and collide with one another, effectively changing the sport each time. This idea of quickly changing from each sport (being represented by the ball) is what i want to use within my own animation.
Url link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTB3EPacZE0(Accessed 05/06/2018)
The method here appears to be CG which is rendered as very realistic imagery. I intend to recreate this kind of effect using studio lighting within the CG software to make the visuals as realistic as possible. I will play around with the material properties within the software to achieve realistic colour and textures. I will also try to use creative movement within the animation to transition each scene or link them with one another.
I have looked at artists who commonly use the theme of dreams/daydreams within their work and found some good examples. I have also found artwork which will influence the design of characters, sets and colour grading I wish to use.
Georgio De Chirico:
These artworks appear to depict empty scenes from different locations. These scenes often use harsh shadows which could suggest these were painted at sunset or sunrise. These scenes, to me, also suggest emptiness and have a dreamlike atmosphere within them. The use of buildings and large man made structures shown in these paintings closely relate to my idea of buildings and building demolition.
Wes Anderson (Isle of Dogs): Industrial sets, Muted colours/colour grading
These different sets all have a similar feel to them, they give the feeling of industrial and abandoned locations. This concept closely relates to my project and is something I wish to look into more when in the design process of my own sets.
A large part of this narrative is based on the audio. I have decided on using orchestral music to accompany the visuals of a percussion player and building demolition. The reason for this choice is because I believe that falling buildings have some sort of beauty to them as they fall, When thinking of music that closely relates to this, orchestral music comes to mind. I feel that the this audio along with strong imagery will be very effective and will add to the narrative.
In order to find music for my animation, I have thought about contacting local musicians or national orchestra of wales if possible.
I could also look at contacting local Universities or colleges to record a live orchestra.
For my short film I intend to use stop motion techniques to showcase my realistic set building skills along with stop frame animation skills. To add to this I am thinking about integrating some CGI simulations of collapsing buildings and smoke as a background for the ending scenes. In contrast to this i may also consider sticking with the stop motion technique throughout the whole film to allow for an easier viewing. I also feel that the stop motion technique would be more effective in creating the realistic atmosphere within the narrative.
If I was to use stop motion throughout the film I have found an interesting video which explains how cotton wool can be used as a material for substituting smoke within stop motion. Here is the video examining how weather and elements are made within the film ‘Isle Of Dogs’.
Url Ling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QVNU-cHhAU (accessed 05/06/2018)
Some of the techniques shown here are really creative in the way they present fire, smoke and other elements that are seen as difficult to create within stop motion animation. This video also includes some information about how some of the sets are made from starting out as foam models, then developed into large realistic sets.
The main theme of this projects is to effectively show the inner workings of a characters mind within a daydream, showcasing the thoughts and fantasies and how they relate to situations within the real world.
The narrative of this animation will follow the form of a character daydreaming to help with a real life situation. The narrative will start off with a sequence of scene showing a character performing as part of an orchestra, specifically playing a percussion instrument. This sequence will play on the theme of timing and suspense where by the character must have perfect timing as part of an orchestra. Towards the end of the animation the character is revealed to be a building demolition operative in his everyday job waiting to press the big red button to demolish a block of buildings. The end scenes would show a building demolition or the aftermath of a building demolition.
This narrative will depict how a highly responsible and potentially dangerous job could also be considered an art form when looked at in a fantasy or dreamlike way.
I feel that the relationship between the percussionist and a building demolition operative goes really well. I also feel that the use of orchestral music behind the visuals of buildings falling to the ground one by one would change it into something beautiful rather than something that could be considered serious and dangerous.
My idea for this narrative originally came from viewing a short film on Vimeo which portrays how a pianist may think when playing a piece of music. This short film relates the action and aggression of a boxing match to a piece of music from a pianist.
I have made the decision of creating my film using the stop motion animation technique. I feel that it would best portray the ideas and narrative that I have. I have looked into the design of these puppets/sets and I have been drawn to the wool technique. A good example of the use of this material within the stop motion sector would be the short film ‘Edmond’.
URL Address: https://vimeo.com/172911816 (Accessed 29/05/2018)
The characters within this short film are constructed with wool and fabric. I really like that way the wool reacts within stop frame because it reminds me of camera noise and gives the film a fuzzy atmosphere. This aspect I think would be very effective within my own film which is based on the dream world and the unconscious mind.
Here is a close-up of the wool Stop-Motion puppet. The design appears to be constructed using wool for the skin and clothing. The the facial features appear to be added digitally afterwards.